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The Booth: BLK JKS Share Their Strong & Deep Connections

BLK JKS Original Image by Liam Lynch

In light of their first performance in the Cape in four years at KONJO vol. 1, as well as their upcoming performances at Endless Daze Festival and AFROPUNK Joburg 2017, we are honoured to host the prolific alt-rock outfit BLK JKS in The Booth this month. In 2009 they released their iconic album After Robots through American label Secretly Canadian to wide appeal and critical acclaim, after which BLK JKS found themselves as the poster-band for South African rock, a welcome alternative to the 5FM-punted-pop of the time. This led to them landing spots on big stages supporting the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars and Foo Fighters and having their track ‘Lakeside’ off After Robots featured on the FIFA 10 video game.

Following a few years of silence, as well as forays into consistent bookings of offshoot outfit BLK JKS SNDSYSTM and documentary film projects such as guitarist Mpumelelo Mcata’s Black President  (screened at Berlinale Festival in Berlin in 2015), the band is currently working on new material and plotting a tour across Africa.


We all want to know exactly what our favourite musicians are bumping to get a sense of where the magic (partly) comes from. The Booth is a taste of all that. This edition sees BLK JKS sharing 5 tracks that they’re into, in no particular order:

Guerilla Toss – ‘The String Game’

It was a tough one between this and Moses Sumney’s “Doomed”….because anybody who really knows me knows this is just my type of shit, the levels of imagination afoot in this track are crazy…the sleepwalking genius of it all is just juice for daze…sibonga aphaphantsi….I mean a couple of tracks get me that way on this record but it’s definitely best illustrated here – MPUMELELO MCATA [guitar]

The Mars Volta – ‘Wax Simulacra’

I’m a drummer and the drumming on this song is amazing. I met the keyboardist and he told me he loves my drumming and i said i like their drummer – TSHEPANG RAMOBA [drums]

Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté – ‘Debe live at Bozar’

I’ll be short and simple, these two duds new just what to do to document the history they came here to make. – MOLEFI MAKANANISE [bass]

Busi Mhlongo – ‘Ukuthula’

…We agree on very few things musically but the ones we do….are very strong & deep connections…this is one of them, our Musical God Mother Ma Busi Mhlongo was always killing it…especially on this album 🏿 – BLK JKS

Mbongwana Star (feat. Konono No.1) – ‘Malukayi’

This is one for those BLKJKSSNDSYSTM club nights, it’s just…self….explanatory…kwasa kwasa kwasa – BLK JKS


If you’re based in Cape Town be sure not to miss out on BLK JKS’ performance at Endless Daze Festival and if you’re based in Jozi do not sleep on AFROPUNK Joburg 2017 where they will being performing alongside King Tha. In the meanwhile you can reminisce over After Robots below:

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